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Dr. Michael Sirilla

Dr. Michael Sirilla

Professor of Theology

Director of the M.A. Theology Program
(740) 284-5340

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  • Ph.D. in Systematic Theology, 2008, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.  My dissertation was St. Thomas Aquinas’s Theology of the Episcopacy in his Commentaries on the Pastoral Epistles, director: Fr. Joseph Komonchak.  My major field was ecclesiology and my minor concentrations were in philosophy and patristics.
  • M.A. in Theology, 1998, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH.


  • Foundations of Catholicism
  • Theology of the Trinity
  • Theology of Christ
  • Theology of the Church
  • Theology of the Sacraments
  • Contemporary Questions in Theology (CQT): Faith and Reason
  • CQT: Philosophy for Theology
  • Great Christian Thinkers: St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Christian Moral Principles


  • Theological Foundations
  • Historical Foundations
  • Vatican II
  • Fathers and Doctors of the Church: Augustine of Hippo
  • Christology
  • Sacraments
  • Natural Theology
  • The Trinity
  • Theology of the Episcopacy in St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Academy of Catholic Theology
  • Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics
  • Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
  • Paul Center for Biblical Theology, senior fellow
Select Publications
  • “Science, Philosophy, and Theology: Their Distinction and Interrelationship,” presented at the Science and Faith Conference, Franciscan University of Steubenville, September 11, 2015.
  • “The Dialogue between Faith and Reason in a Catholic University,” response to Dr. Susan K. Wood’s talk, presented at the symposium on Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Match 5, 2015.
  • “Are Humans Machines?”  Presented at the Science, Faith, and Philosophy conference, Franciscan University of Steubenville, April 24, 2014.

Full List

  • “Divinization and the New Evangelization,” presented at the Mundelein Seminary Conference on Divinization, September 2013.
  • “Comments on Alexander W. Hall’s ‘The Burden of Proof: Aquinas and God Science,’” presented at the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics session, American Catholic Philosophical Association, Los Angeles, CA, November 2, 2012.
  • “Metaphysics, the Natural sciences, and Creation: The Legacy of Thomas Aquinas,” presented in response to Dr. William Carroll’s paper delivered at the Science and Faith Conference: Can Science Inform our Understanding of God?  Franciscan University of Steubenville, Fall 2011.
  • “St. Thomas Aquinas’s Proofs from Motion in Summa Contra Gentiles I.13: Their nature and the Function of the Nominal Definition,” presented at the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies; Kalamazoo, MI, May 2011.
  • “Theology as a ‘science’ for Aquinas,” presented at the St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Colorado University, Boulder, CO, February 26, 2010.
  • “How to read Aquinas,” presented at the St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Colorado University, Boulder, CO, February 27, 2010.
  • “An Excelling love of Christ, the principal criterion for Church office-holders in Jn 21:15-17,” presented at the Institute of Applied Biblical Studies, Steubenville, OH, July 2009.
  • “The Theological Purpose of Aquinas’s Biblical Commentaries, ” presented at the 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2009.
  • “The Biblical Basis for Bishops in Paul’s Pastoral Epistles,” presented at the 4th Annual Letter and Spirit Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 15, 2008.
  • “St. Paul and the Role of a Bishop: Reflections on 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus,” presented at the Institute of Applied Biblical Studies, Steubenville, OH, August 2008.
  • “The Priority of the Teaching Office for the Bishop,” presented at the annual conference of the Catholic Theological Society of America, Los Angeles, CA, June 2007.
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